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An answer to our prayers that justifies emailing as well as posting: We can block ranges now!
—Andy Schlafly upon discovering the keys to the bunker.[1]


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As more and more people become aware of what an intellectual cesspool Conservapedia is, the powers that be have to resort to ever more extreme measures to preserve the extremist orthodoxy on their "Trus(t)worthy Encyclopedia". A major weapon in their arsenal is the massive IP range block, which is essentially just a way of rescinding the "open editing" policy. The number of people they can trust to preserve the ideological purity of their website keeps shrinking (especially as one editor after another turns out to be a sensible person, or, as they like to say, a "traitor"), so they have to block out the rest of the world.

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[edit] Method

The number of IP addresses blocked on Conservapedia over time.

The principal way this is done is with the IP range block. All editors' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses are noted by the wiki software, and anyone they don't like can be banned. In their neverending paranoia, escalating daily, to prevent that user from re-registering under a different name, the IP address is blocked. For instance, if Conservapedia sysops hate Bill, and Bill lives in the same city as James (who perhaps share their views[2]), and James signs up for Conservapedia, by sysop logic, James must be Bill, and he will be blocked asap. Because IP addresses are often assigned randomly from large blocks by ISPs (Internet Service Providers; companies like America On Line) entire ranges are often blocked. This has the property of blacking out entire ISPs, cities, colleges, companies, and countries. But the powers that be don't care; they already have all the users that they feel they can trust. In any case, colleges and foreign countries are particularly ideologically suspect.

The use of range blocks appears to have become extremely widespread around December 2008. As of this writing (June 2009), the number of IP addresses that have been blocked TEN MILLION TWENTY MILLION TWENTY ONE MILLION. That is far in excess of the number of users, number of existing pages or even the number of page edits on Conservapedia (less than 700,000), and represents 1 IP address blocked for every 5.35 page views.

IPs blocked at CP and WP
block periods of non-infinite range blocks at CP and WP

Wikipedia issues IP range blocks, too. But there are a few decisive differences:

  • the periods of the blocks are generally much shorter at Wikipedia than at Conservapedia. For instance, half of the /16 ranges are blocked for less than one day, while typically such a block at Conservapedia will last for six months!
  • even if your IP is blocked at Wikipedia, most times you're only prevented from anonymous editing. You may still be allowed to edit after logging in. Conservapedia doesn't allow anonymous editing in the first place, and when your IP is blocked, you cannot edit. Period.
  • though Wikipedia dwarfs Conservapedia in virtually every category, there are more IP numbers blocked at Conservapedia than at the English division of Wikipedia.

[edit] What locations are blocked?

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The following are places that Conservapedia can no longer be edited from, or are particularly untrusworthy. Conservapedia sysops have begun to assume by mere geographical location that users are sockpuppets of each other.

[edit] Libraries you should not use

We would like to have thought that holding libraries hostage is a level to which Conservapedia would not stoop. We were wrong. Since this was not an IP block, we don't know what library it was, but, being a "sockpuppet" block, it was apparently aimed at some IP or IP range.

[edit] Companies you should not work for

UNITED STATES

MEXICO

LEBANON

[edit] Hotels at which you should not stay

[edit] State government offices you should not work for

[edit] School systems you should not use or work for

[edit] Universities you should not attend

Colleges and universities receive particularly bad treatment; this may be due to the generally higher level of intellect to be found there. While our data are not conclusive, it appears that the following universities are currently blocked. This list may not be entirely accurate due to problems determining the location corresponding to an IP address.

[edit] Europe

Block University Country
128.232.250.82 Cambridge University UK This is one of Britain's (and the world's) most prestigious universities.
131.111.0.0/16 Cambridge University UK
129.67.0.0/19 Oxford University UK This is one of the world's leading universities.
129.11.80.150 University of Leeds UK
130.83.0.0/16 Technische Universität Darmstadt Germany
131.111.232.122 Cambridge University UK
134.226.0.0/19 Trinity College, Dublin Ireland
134.226.1.0/24 Trinity College, Dublin Ireland
143.117.140.0/22 Queen's University of Belfast UK
147.163.102.132 University of Palermo Italy
149.157.205.5 University of Ireland Ireland
157.228.112.0/20 University of Sunderland UK
164.11.204.51 University of the West of England, Bristol UK
192.173.4.0/24 University of Northumbria at Newcastle UK
193.11.209.105 Uppsala University Sweden
193.63.38.108 University of Northumbria at Newcastle UK
194.80.32.8 University of Lancaster UK
194.80.32.9 University of Lancaster UK
194.80.32.11 University of Lancaster UK
212.219.153.63 University of Northumbria at Newcastle UK
212.219.207.41 Lancaster University UK
212.219.207.43 Lancaster University UK
194.81.33.118 Liverpool Hope University UK That's the only Catholic university in Europe, so not exactly a huge Atheist den.
 ??? King's College, London United Kingdom
144.32.180.39 University of York, York UK
193.1.172.163 University College Dublin Ireland

[edit] Americas

Block University Country
12.182.30.10 College of Charleston USA
18.238.4.0/24 MIT USA
18.85.0.0/16 MIT USA
72.33.78.35 University of Wisconsin, Madison USA
72.33.92.0/23 University of Wisconsin, Madison USA
72.33.93.192 University of Wisconsin, Madison USA
72.33.94.149 University of Wisconsin, Madison USA
72.33.95.0/24 University of Wisconsin, Madison USA
74.43.240.0/22 University of Iowa USA
128.233.0.0/16 University of Saskatchewan Canada
128.238.35.14 Polytechnic University, Brooklyn USA
128.2.141.33 Carnegie Mellon University USA
129.2.175.87 University of Maryland USA
129.3.20.3 State University of New York, Oswego USA
129.3.173.156 State University of New York, Oswego USA
129.137.0.0/16 University of Cincinnati USA
129.210.51.160 Santa Clara University USA
130.113.0.0/16 McMaster University Canada
130.156.0.0/22 County College of Morris USA
132.205.103.165 Concordia University Canada
132.239.85.187 University of California, San Diego USA
137.110.0.0 University of California, San Diego (La Jolla) USA
134.71.232.0/22 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona US
137.99.142.163 University of Connecticut USA
137.229.70.243 University of Alaska USA
138.16.32.229 Brown University USA
139.102.253.0/24 Indiana State University USA
139.102.254.37 Indiana State University USA
139.102.254.38 Indiana State University USA
141.217.222.252 Wayne State University USA
142.12.0.0/18 University College of Cape Breton Canada
142.12.1.36 University College of Cape Breton Canada
142.12.66.0/24 University College of Cape Breton Canada
142.103.0.0/16 University of British Columbia Canada
142.150.32.108 University of Toronto Canada
143.88.67.6 University of West Florida USA
147.31.4.0/22 Widener University USA
156.143.48.12 Furman University USA
161.6.148.0/22 Western Kentucky University USA
163.118.0.0/16 Florida Institute of Technology USA
165.91.188.159 Texas A&M University USA
169.232.124.0/22 University of California USA
198.214.232.0/24 University of Texas USA
204.8.156.142 Boston University USA
204.196.186.45 Northeast Louisiana University USA
216.165.0.0/17 New York University USA
 ??? University of Louisiana (we're not sure; can anyone confirm?) USA
 ??? Louisiana State University (we're not sure; can anyone confirm?) USA
186.6.0.0/16[3]  ??? Canada

[edit] Asia/Pacific

Block University Country
130.56.0.0/16 Australian National University Australia
137.132.3.17 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.16 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.15 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.14 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.13 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.11 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.10 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.9 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.8 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.7 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.6 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.5 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.4 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.3 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.2 National University of Singapore Singapore
137.132.3.1 National University of Singapore Singapore
140.113.94.101 National Chiao Tung University Taiwan
165.229.90.89 Yeungnam University Korea
192.43.224.0/22 University of Adelaide Australia

[edit] Cities not to live in

Blocks in the US

The extensive list of these "Forbidden Cities" is below:

  • Alaska, USA:Not any city but the entire state. Home to the infamous Icewedge and also to Helios, Nolife, and Opcn three more users well hated by Conservapedia.
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada: This beautiful seaside city is home to the notorious Halifax Troll. Sysops are convinced that any IP from this address is a sockpuppet with his latest iteration in cp:user:DemocraticUnderground. As Karajou has said to other sysops, "We need to block this man permanently. We've got to do a blanket block of his IP, because all he is doing is hanging up, dialing again under a slightly-different IP, and damaging the site." Update: 65,536 IP addresses in Halifax are blocked. BTW Karajou, who says the Troll is even a man? Maybe its a smoking hot female (not that you'll ever know what that is anyways).
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA: the notoriously evil liberal AmesG grew up in Atlanta, leading Karajou to conclude that any user in Atlanta is possibly AmesG. All such users are under suspicion and likely to be blocked for the slightest misstep.
  • Houston, Texas, USA: despite the fact that Houston is one of the largest cities in America (in the top 5), sysop and conspiracy theorist RobS is convinced that any user from Houston is the same AmesG. Houston also has the third largest, and fastest growing, legal market in America; regardless, any Houstonian involved in this market must be AmesG. So if you're from Houston, and especially if you're also involved in law, you will be blocked or ignored.
  • New York, New York, USA: given this logic, it won't be long until all 10 million New Yorkers are suspicious and amenable to blocking-on-sight. However, this might finally rid Conservapedia of Ed Poor.
  • San Francisco, California, USA: every citizen of San Francisco is a homosexual Jewish liberal. This includes well known liberals like Michael Savage.

[edit] Apparent ISPs in various cities

Blocks in Europe

UNITED STATES

CANADA

GERMANY

  • Schlau.com A DSL service; some customer apparently runs TOR.

AUSTRIA

UNITED KINGDOM

NETHERLANDS

INDONESIA

[edit] Countries not to live in

xkcd:map of the internet
blocks mapped accordingly

More of a footnote and not quite enough for its own article, but when it comes to non-US countries, CP sysops are much more radical with their banhammer:

  • Canada: Apparently, according to Conservapedia, the Halifax troll is now in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and as a result Karajou blocks another 65,000 ip addresses. This now brings the total up to almost 200,000 ip addresses blocked because of the Halifax troll. Update Apparently 142.16.0.0/16 is also used by the halifax troll, despite being registered to the Government of British Columbia.
  • Germany: It looks like CP thinks that no German other than Sid would ever want to visit Conservapedia, so any German IP (even if it's just a proxy located in Germany) just has to belong to him (as Peter Bird found out).
  • Dominican Republic: Thoroughly despised by Karajou, who has claimed 336,896 IP addresses from this beautiful, sunny island.
  • China: so far, 1,536 dirty communists IP addresses have been blocked by Karagoon and Terry Koeckritz. Surprisingly, none were blocked by Rob Smith.
  • Russia: Another 65,536 IPs, per above.
  • Mexico: TK blocked 16,384 IPs from "Montevideo, Mexico". He probably meant "Monterrey", since Montevideo is in Uruguay, but there you have it.
  • Ireland, The UK, New Zealand, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Macedonia, South Africa, Iceland and "Libya via Amsterdam": TK again. This site is growing rapidly!
  • Croatia - many IP's blocked
  • France - as France Telecom gets locked out.
  • Indonesia, Bangladesh: They still use proxies to get inside CP, and Karajou ferrets them out......even if they've done nothing at all.

[edit] Wireless devices not to use

Don't expect to be able to edit using your Blackberry, on its own or tethered to your laptop. Whether he knew what he was doing or not, TK took out the entire Canadian and US Blackberry network for all mobile providers (T-Mobile, Rogers, AT&T, etc.) until March 2010, with the deceptive block message that he was merely banning "liberal Canadian trolls, Alexkm and RonS -- Research In Motion Inc. -- Waterloo, ONT, Canada)." Blackberry is go. I repeat: Blackberry is go.

[edit] See also

[edit] Footnotes

  1. Special Discussion Group: "Blocking ranges now"
  2. chances are less than 0.0001%, though
  3. http://www.conservapedia.com/Special:Contributions/186.6.0.0/16
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